National DEC Webinars

President Obama spoke last month in West Virginia to help raise awareness about the heroin and prescription drug epidemic in the state. According to the state Health Statistics Center, West Virginia tops the nation at nearly 34 drug overdose deaths per 100,000 people—more than twice the national average. This month’s webinar presenter Dr. Sean Loudin is working on the frontlines of this issue with our most vulnerable population – neonatally exposed babies. On this hour-long presentation, Dr. Loudin provides in-depth information on neonatal abstinence syndrome, and he presents innovative alternatives to hospital care for these babies that allows for a smooth transition into society.

Objectives:
1. Review the incidence of neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) nationally and certain regions of the country
2. Review the pathophysiology of NAS
3. Describe a model for the care of drug exposed infants across different health care settings
4. Discuss short and long term implications of drug exposure on the developing child

Bio.
Sean Loudin MD, FAAP, a native of West Virginia, attended both medical school and completed his pediatric residency at Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine. Dr. Loudin continued his training and completed his Neonatal-Perinatal fellowship at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC. He, then, joined the faculty at Marshall University School of Medicine in July 2011. He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics and also the Pediatric Clerkship Director for rotating medical students. Dr. Loudin is the medical director for both the Neonatal Therapeutic Unit at Cabell Huntington Hospital and Lily’s Place where we care for drug exposed infants. His current research interests include neonatal drug exposure and neonatal nutrition.

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The mission of the National Alliance for Drug Endangered Children (National DEC) is to break the cycle of abuse and neglect by empowering practitioners who work to transform the lives of children and families living in drug environments. National DEC…


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The mission of the National Alliance for Drug Endangered Children (National DEC) is to break the cycle of abuse and neglect by empowering practitioners who work to transform the lives of children and families living in drug environments. National DEC provides training and technical assistance to state DEC Alliances and all those in the community who assist and care for drug endangered children.

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